The Linux Mint team have announced the big push towards release with a Beta version of Linux Mint 20 available now across three different desktop environments.
Being based on the latest Ubuntu release, this makes Linux Mint 20 a long-term support release so they plan to keep it in tip-top shape until 2025. As expected of a big new release, there's plenty new and improved. Including the somewhat controversial decision to block Snap packages and snapd being installed unless you do it manually.
Some of the highlights include:
- Better NVIDIA Optimus support including NVIDIA "On-Demand".
- XAppStatusIcon, their way of keeping more classic tray icons alive gained support for scroll-wheel input.
- Cinnamon 4.6:
- Nemo file manager performance improvements.
- Display Settings has an option to set the refresh rate.
- Fractional scaling support, and each monitor can be scaled differently.
- Gdebi, for manually installing .deb files got a new interface.
Linux-firmware 1.187 and the Linux kernel 5.4.
Release notes for each version:
For our readers who are Linux Mint fans, what are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments.
I used to be a big fan of the Cinnamon desktop environment. It does a pretty great job at giving a classic interface with a few bells and whistles to also bring it up to a somewhat modern standard at the same time.